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Delhi, 1938

Stumbled upon these treasures following the links at the BFI national archives.

The problem with the commentary in the Delhi video is not just the colonial pomposity; they clearly needed some history lessons about how Shahjahan is not Akbar's son, for example. Shot by the legendary Jack Cardiff - the Oscar-winning cinematographer of 'Black Narcissus' - this is one of a number of short films that he made in India in the late 1930s. And the video is a wonderful portrait of Delhi 71 years ago -- check out Connaught Place (Bullock Carts Not Allowed) and how green, uncrowded it  once was...

The video titled Calcutta, 1899 is apparently one of the earliest films to be shot in India. As the commentary on the RHS of it on Youtube points out, although the film's title states that this is Calcutta, the footage was in fact shot in Varanasi. As the BFI notes, the filmmaker from the Warwick Trading Company clearly had a short memory or a limited sense of geography. 

Check out more free films from the BFI Films on Youtube

Delhi, 1938
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1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530

Stumbled upon these treasures following the links at the BFI national archives.

The problem with the commentary in the Delhi video is not just the colonial pomposity; they clearly needed some history lessons about how Shahjahan is not Akbar's son, for example. Shot by the legendary Jack Cardiff - the Oscar-winning cinematographer of 'Black Narcissus' - this is one of a number of short films that he made in India in the late 1930s. And the video is a wonderful portrait of Delhi 71 years ago -- check out Connaught Place (Bullock Carts Not Allowed) and how green, uncrowded it  once was...

The video titled Calcutta, 1899 is apparently one of the earliest films to be shot in India. As the commentary on the RHS of it on Youtube points out, although the film's title states that this is Calcutta, the footage was in fact shot in Varanasi. As the BFI notes, the filmmaker from the Warwick Trading Company clearly had a short memory or a limited sense of geography. 

Check out more free films from the BFI Films on Youtube

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